An alternative method

Electronic cigarettes are not advertised or have been tested as cessastion products but that is method I have chosen to quit because other methods have not worked for me.

The are many alternative methods to stopping smoking, like accupuncture but as the electronic cigarete represents a cigarette I believe it to be a good method.

My smoking history. I started smoking nearly 20 years ago and from the very first week I was smoking 10 cigarettes day. Within a few years I was up to smoking 20+ cigaretes a day. Not very healthy as you can imagine.

My first attempt was will power.

Result :- I don't have any will power.

My verdict :- 0/10

Attempt number two was with nicotine lozengers.

Result :- I did not smoke for three days. The problem was the awful taste, the burning in my mouth and I developed mouth ulscers.

My verdict :- 2/10

Attempt number three was with nicotine inhaler.

Result :- Oh my. Did not even vaguely work for me.

My verdict :- 1/10

Attempt number four was nicotine gum.

Result :- One week. I craved holding a cigarette and folded by weekend. The gum did work but didn't take my mind of smoking and I did get fed up with chewing it.

My verdict :- 7/10

Attempt number five was zyban.

Result :- Quite simply did not work. Depressed, sick and lost virility.

Verdict :- 0/10

On with my current success, not attempt.

Method:-

Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit

High Nicotine Cartridges, Medium Nicotine Cartridges, Low Nicotine Cartridges.

DAY 1:-

This was an easy day if I am perfectly honest because it still involved smoking a tobacco cigarette in addtion to the electronic cigarette.

This was my smoking calendar

Week 1 - 40 tobacco cigarettes and 7 High Nicotine Cartridges

Week 2 - 20 tobacco cigarettes and 9 High Nicotine Cartridges

Week 3 - 10 tobacco cigarettes and 10 High Nicotine Cartridges

Week 4 - 10 High Nicotine Cartridges

Week 5 - 10 High Nicotine Cartridges

Week 6 - 10 Medium Nicotine Cartridges

Week 7 - 7 Medium Nicotine Cartridges

Week 8 - 7 Medium Nicotine Cartridges

Week 9 - 7 Low Nicotine Cartridges

Week 10 – 7 Low Nicotine Cartridges

I'm still using nicotine cartridges but I consider that I have quit smoking. My verdict is 9/10. I would give it full marks but that make it perfect and nothing is perfect :) It has cost me money to quit, but has also saved me money.

Good luck to everyone who is trying to quit smoking.

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  • Hi Osiris,

    Congratulations on having found a method that truly works for you!

    I hadn't heard about electronic cigs until I joined the forum but by then I was on my course of Champix (with my quit date set for tomorrow :eek:)

    Can I ask if you have any feelings of anxiety when you came off of tobacco cigs? Also did you experience any side effects using this method? Just curious as my brother in law plans on attempting to stop but downright refuses to go anywhere near pills to do it!!!! Also was that, on week one, 40 a day or per week???

    I wish you all the luck in the world and it sounds like you are doing great!!!:D

  • Hello pdocherty.

    Before the electronic cigarette kit arrived I was smoking 20-25 tobacco cigarettes a day.

    When I started the quit process in week 1 I just bought 2 packets of cigarettes. I was smoked 40 regular cigarettes that week and the rest I used cartridges. The second week I cut it do one packet of cigarettes and swapped for more cartridges.

    Each electronic cigarette cartridge is the same as smoking 12-15 normal cigarettes so that might give you an idea of how many a day I was smoking.

    I felt no anxiety, stress or arguementative. I experienced no side effects. I would say I prefered the taste of the electronic cigarette more after I stopped smoking tobacco.

    I'm not allowed to post the brand I us here, but there are different qualites of electronic cigarettes. My electronic cigartte is quite heavy, but that is because the battery lasts a long time, more than 1 day. The light weight models don't even last for 1 hour.

    Also the cartridges taste different. My cartridges taste of tobacco but have a slightly sweet after taste.

    I don't blame your brother. I try not to take pills, even pain killers unless I really need to.

    Good luck on your quit date tomorrow. :)

  • Definitely sounds like the type you choose were spot on for you!

    I'm printing this off and handing it round to him tonight! He’s not set up on email but he does have the internet so I’ll give him this starter for 10 and hopefully that sets him off down the right path!!!

    Yip - pretty much crossing everything for tomorrow - I'll be on here moaning my @ss off no doubt but it’s all part of the process!!!!!!!:D

    Thanks so much!;)

  • Hi Osiris :)

    Well done on your quit so far keep it going

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new members

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    This link is good for the psychological part of quitting

    whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Sympt...

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK

    Love

    Marg xx

  • Good to hear

    If anybody has any reviews (good or bad) on electronic cigarettes I'd like to include them on my site electronic cigarettes .co.uk (no spaces). It's impartial, I just want to give advice on the products that have actually worked for real people and not the fake sites/reviews you get on most sites...

  • Nice that you found a good method of quitting. I think everybody responds differently to different methods, so It's good to have a lot of options on the table.

    I'd just like to point out though that only very few people manage to quit on their first attempt. I've had 4 attempts so far, all using just willpower. The first attempts didn't go well (longest I quit was 10 days), but now I'm closing in on a month and I'øm fairly confident I won't smoke again. Thing is, quitting takes practice. First of all you won't know what to expect untill you try to quit, second you won't be aware of all the traps and third your resolve to quit is usually stronger after a few attempts.

    I'm saying this just so people are aware that a failed quit doesn't necesairily mean that method won't work for you, as long as you learn something from it.

    I can say from experience that quitting on sheer willpower makes you feel damn good about yourself :)

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